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Service: Old Age Security Program - Guaranteed Income Supplement
|Agency and Service Names|
|Alternate Name||GIS ; HRSDC ; Old Age Pension|
|Former Name||Human Resources and Skills Development ; Income Security Programs|
|Toll Free Phone||1-800-277-9914|
|Parent Agency Name||Canada. Service Canada|
|Service Level||(40) Federal Government|
|Description and Service Details|
|Service Description||The Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to Old Age Security (OAS) recipients who have a low income and are living in Canada. |
* to be eligible for the GIS benefit, you must be receiving the Old Age Security pension and meet the certain income requirements
* if eligible, payments will be added to your Old Age Security pension payment each month
* recipients must re-apply annually for the Guaranteed Income Supplement benefit by filing an income statement or by completing an income tax return by April 30th
* the amount of monthly payments determined for the year may increase or decrease according to reported changes in a recipient's yearly income
For a list of OAS/GIS/GAINS payments, see the GAINS Benefit Rate Tables.
See website for rates and full details of the program.
Local offices for further information:
Burlington Service Canada Office
Georgetown Service Canada Office
Milton Service Canada Office
Oakville Service Canada Office
|Hours||Telephone agents Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm; |
Automated Telephone Information system Mon-Sun 24 hours
|Areas Served||Halton Region|
|Eligibility||Ages: 65 year(s) and up |
To receive GIS benefit, a person must be receiving an OAS pension. The yearly income of the applicant or, in the case of a couple, the combined income of the applicant and spouse, may not exceed certain limits. Application forms are forwarded automatically to persons receiving Old Age Security.
See website for more details on criteria for eligibility.
|Application||You must apply to receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). The application kit will describe what documents, if any, are needed. |
To get an application form call 1-800-277-9914 (TTY: 1-800-255-4786).
You must re-apply annually for the GIS by filing an income statement or by completing an income tax return by April 30.
|Languages||English ; French|
|Directory Description and Headings|
|Seniors Directory Headings||Government Programs/ Pensions/ Financial Aid|
|Site Location||see description for local offices|
|Located In Community||Greater Toronto Area|
|Mailing Address||c/o Service Canada |
PO Box 5100
Scarborough, ON M1R 5C8
|Wheelchair Accessibility||Fully Accessible - Service Canada Centres|
|Additional Service Sites|
|Taxonomy and Classification|
|Service Categories||Guaranteed Income Supplement ; Old Age Security Program|
|Subjects||Federal government ; Income supplements ; Low income people ; Seniors|